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Locals react to President Trump's Indy NRA visit

Freedom was the main focus of President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence as they addressed a room full of NRA supporters in Indianapolis.

Posted: Apr 26, 2019 11:51 PM

INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) — The President of the United States is no longer in Indiana but his words are still buzzing in the minds of supporters and protestors who heard him speak Friday.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the National Rifle Association conference in Indianapolis.

Trump signed a letter to reject the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty.

The NRA and others opposed to the treaty say it was a threat to American's second amendment rights.

"We had no idea, especially being so close it was great to see the opportunity of him actually make change," said Purdue student James Donaghy.

After signing it, trump threw his pen to the audience.

Donaghy was sitting close to the person who caught it.

"It was really cool," said Donaghy.

During his speech, Vice President Mike Pence said the NRA stands for freedom.

However, local Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America leader Kathy Parker says the NRA stands for gun sales and doesn't do anything to save lives.

"There are some sensible laws that as a country, we could pursue, that would save lives while preserving the second amendment," said Parker.

Donaghy disagrees.

"Anything that is written into law that takes away my right to bear arms is unconstitutional and eventually shall be overturned," said Donaghy.

Donaghy also enjoyed listening to some of Trump's guests who shared specific stories about how their right to bear arms saved lives.

"Not everyone knows that the second amendment really does protect Americans," said Donaghy. "It's amazing that he (Donald Trump) knows that too."

Trump and VP Mike Pence said they'll continue fighting for the second amendment. They claim the stakes have never been higher.

"You let these maniacs get into office, they will take that right away," said President Trump.

When it comes to school safety from guns, Trump showed his support for hiring more officers, addressing mental health and arming trained teachers.

"Who is better to protect our students than the teachers that love them?" said Trump.

However, Parker said she would rather schools invest in mental health services.

She's a teacher and fears allowing teachers to have guns would lead to accidental shootings.

Overall, Donaghy was pleased with the President's visit and his support for the second amendment.

"The NRA obviously has a very strong position and I'm glad that the president stands with that position," said Donaghy.

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